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Eddie Avila

Current Director of Rising Voices. I have also worked as Regional Editor and Spanish Language Editor for Global Voices, as well as a volunteer author. I have been part of GV since 2005.

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Latest posts by Eddie Avila

Our new normal doesn't have to be dictated by the monopolies of information technology

If the lesson from the pandemic is that we will survive thanks to internet connectivity and technology, then we are lost.

Lost in translation: Why Google Translate often gets Yorùbá — and other languages — wrong

As more tech companies attempt to provide translation and access to multiple languages online, controversies and challenges arise — especially when it comes to accuracy and cultural nuance.

Sora, an indigenous language from India, is getting a new typeface

Indian type designer Sony Salma has recently created a new typeface for the Sorang Sompeng, an old and little-used alphabet of the Sora.

‘We have a strange destiny': a conversation with the Livonian poet Valts Ernštreits: Part II

"That's the idea of the series: to tell the Livonian story to the Latvian public, so they would better understand why Livonian is important."

‘We have a strange destiny': a conversation with the Livonian poet Valts Ernštreits: Part I

"There are only a few countries in Europe who have indigenous people, and Latvia is one of them."

The Mexican indigenous artists who are defying labels and stereotypes

"For us, the International Day of Indigenous Peoples is not a celebration of labels, customs or exoticisms, it is a day that must acknowledge the systematic attempt to erase us."

Global Voices in Aymara launches new project to make digital security resources available in Aymara

GV in Aymara is launching a new project called "Apthapi Digital" with the aim of providing accessible resources and information about basic digital security for an Aymara audience.

WhatsApp is the new tool for Venezuelan feminists during the pandemic

Global Voices interviewed the leads of four projects that aim to help women facing violence during the pandemic.  

Peru's state TV broadcasts 23 hours in Spanish daily but only 1 hour in indigenous languages

The lack of representation in television reflects how the Peruvian state, in its 200-year history, has treated its indigenous peoples: in a colonial, racist and discriminatory way.

Ecuador's indigenous Amazonian peoples launch online COVID-19 tracker

The aim of the COVID-19 online tracker is to understand which communities are in need of aid during the pandemic.

How Balinese communities in Indonesia are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

"COVID-19 mini-wikithons provide a safe space for people to talk in their native Balinese language about their challenges and coping strategies of the pandemic in Balinese communities."

Indian activists publish the first online magazine in the Santali language

Language activists from the eastern Indian state of Odisha have recently published the very first online magazine in the Santali language.

Uyghur emojis help spread message of cultural resistance over social media

Emojis representing Uyghur characters and culture are now available on the encrypted messenger platform Telegram in an effort by the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries to raise visibility.